The famed characteristics of cashmere wool are all thanks to cashmere goats, or rather, thanks to their original habitat in the Himalayas, the so-called ‘roof of the world’, where it is of vital importance for them to have a good protective coat.
Wool can only bear the title of ‘cashmere’ if it meets a number of requirements. Cashmere wool is scarce, because only the fine, downy hairs on the animals’ chins, throats and bellies suffice. This part of their coat is soft, delicate, and light-weight. It is wonderfully warm, being both insulating and breathable. Moreover, a cashmere plaid never leaves you feeling stuffy, because the fabric itself is moisture-absorbent.
Around 200 grams of premium-quality wool each year
Cashmere goats are combed or shorn only once a year. This is often still done by hand, followed by carefully de-hairing the wool. This process yields around 130 to 300 grams of cashmere wool per goat.
The quality of true cashmere
The superior quality of true cashmere has to do with the length of the wool fibres. The longer the fibres, the stronger the fabric is. These long prevent the fabric from pilling, making it less subject to wear than other fabrics. Another crucial aspect is the wool’s frizz, which determines the fabric’s elasticity. Colour is also important; white wool is the most popular type, because it can be dyed without pre-treatment.
Philicka, house of plaids
The range of plaids we produce is sustainable in three different ways:
– We use 100% natural materials.
– Due the superior wool quality, our products are nigh-on maintenance-free.
– Our plaids only ever get softer and more beautiful as time passes.